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The New Regulatory State

Regulating Pensions in Germany and the UK

  • Lutz Leisering

Part of the Transformations of the State book series (TRST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction: Towards a New Regulatory State in Old-Age Security? Exploring the Issues

  3. Theories of Social and Economic Regulation

  4. Pension Privatization and Regulation in Britain and Germany

  5. The Role of the EU

  6. Comparative and Conceptual Perspectives

  7. Conclusion: Identifying the New Regulatory State

About this book


Explores the role of governments in creating and regulating private pensions in the UK and Germany since the 1980s. Private pensions have given rise to a new regulatory state in this area. The contributing authors compare pension regulation and utility regulation, while others analyse the regulatory role of the EU.


environment Europe European Union (EU) Germany Governance government Multi-Level Governance Nation politics privatization transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Lutz Leisering
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyBielefeld UniversityGermany
  2. 2.Institute for World Society StudiesGermany

About the editors

FRANK BERNER Senior Researcher, German Centre of Gerontology in Berlin and Head of the Office of the Expert Commission for the National Social Report on the Situation of the Elderly in Germany ULRIKE DAVY Chair for constitutional and administrative law, social law, and comparative law at the Faculty of Law, Bielefeld University, Germany EDGAR GRANDE Professor for Political Science at the University of Munich, Germany MARKUS HAVERLAND Associate Professor in Political Science at the Department of Public Administration, School of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands LUTZ LEISERING Professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany, and founding member of the University's Institute for World Society Studies DEBORAH MABBETT Reader in Public Policy in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London, UK GIANDOMENICO MAJONE Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy CHRISTIAN MARSCHALLEK Sociologist and Member of the REGINA Research Project at Bielefeld University, Germany PETER TAYLOR-GOOBY Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK, and Director of the ESRC Social Contexts and Responses to Risk Programme

Bibliographic information


'In this pioneering book, Lutz Leisering brings together research on regulation with research on old age security. Its comparative perspective is very helpful in terms of identifying policy alternatives and their implications. Here the focus on Germany and the UK, representing different worlds of public and private pensions, provides particularly interesting contrasts to learn from.'

- Joakim Palme, Director of the Institute for Future Studies and Professor of Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden

'What is the new regulatory state? The authors of this book identify this new type of state by way of comparison: comparing pensions politics to public utilities, comparing the regulatory welfare state to the provider state, and comparing the UK to Germany. A masterful blend of empirical inquiry and conceptual studies.'

Franz-Xaver Kaufmann, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy, Bielefeld University, Germany